Trail: Bukit Hantu and Peres

If you follow my previous blog (Dragon Back), this was a day 2 of my ride in KL. We started off from Batu18, Hulu Langat – Batu14, Hulu Langat – Bukit Hantu – Peres – Batu 18. A total distance of 55km and 2 climbed. This was not the 1st time I rode here but I didn’t have any picture taken last time. The word “Batu” here means miles in Malay. So, Batu 18 to Batu 14 is 4 miles ride or ~6.5km. According to my friend it is best to park the car at Batu 18 and cycle to Batu 14 for a start. 2 reasons: 1) it is safer to ride from Batu 18 – Batu 14 in the morning as lesser cars. 2) it is less hot to ride there in the morning as the stretch of road has not much covered. So, if you park at Batu 14, you will have to ride 6.5km with traffics and under a hot sun back to your car when complete.

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This is one of the few favorite places of mine when I ride in KL. This place is covered with trees from both side and the temperature is cooling in the morning. Best of all, it is 28km from Petaling Jaya. So, I can still sleep late and get there within 35-45mins time.

Both the Bukit Hantu and Peres is a Category 3 climb by Strava (Category 1 as hardest). You will definitely need some physical strength to cycle here or make stops. Between the 2 hills, Bukit Hantu is a tougher climb as it is about 5 degree gradients on average and Peres is only about 2 degree gradients. My bike has a semi compact setting (smallest chainrings – 36) and largest cog is 25. I was still managed to climb without difficulty.

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The route towards Bukit Hantu.

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Once you are down from Bukit Hantu, turn left to Semenyih Dam towards Peres. Remember to stop by the dam for magnificent view, rest, smell the fresh air and take selfie. 🙂 Along the way, there are many beautiful scenery.

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These are the pictures taken at Peres

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A number of people didn’t stop here at Peres as one can still continue on to Titi town. That will take you another 20-25km for a good Wan Tan Mee. So, a return trip is about 100km. If you do, try to go early as that stretch of road can be very hot as not much trees cover along the road.

I do love this place so much especially riding back to the car as you will pass by the Malay Kampung (village) and it just felt so peaceful. Once you reached Batu 18 town, remember to go for a refreshing barley drink. The shop is on the left side of the road and you can’t miss it as it has lots of bikes park outside.

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The only downside of cycling here is people are using the road as a race track especially Peres. When we were cycling up Peres, there were motorbikes raced up the hill and cars were racing down the hill when we returned. At one point, the car came to about 1-2 feet away from me as they were turning into a corner. I had a cold sweat at that moment. At least the road condition here is much better than anywhere else as it is nicely paved.

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I guessed I am just too comfortable riding in Penang as the route I am frequent didn’t have much street racing but it gets very boring after a while. Well, I may try to go earlier next time to avoid those crazy drivers.

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Trails: FRIM Ride

Forest Research Institute Malaysia or better known as FRIM. The name said it all. It is a research institute and as a recreational park with about 544 ha. Best of all, it is located very near to Kuala Lumpur. In the morning and afternoon, you will see a lot of bird watches, walkers, joggers and… Mountain Bikers! The entrance fee is RM2 if you ride your bike in and RM5 if you drive your car into the park.

This place is suitable for all ages. You can cycle with your children on a foldie or do something that is more fun like off road riding. On a paved road, the inclination is not big but there are certain roads which can be quite steep for children and adults too. But, no worries as all the roads are interconnected, so you can avoid those steep hills.

The off road trails are pretty scatter around and I don’t think it is connected to each other. So, off and on you will have to get onto paved road and back to off road again. Some of the trails are not maintaining well as you have fallen trees, tall grass and big potholes. Those well maintained trails are pretty short which about 12-17km in total. This fits those of you who have 1-2 hrs only for riding. There are few trails with 5-10 degree gradient but it is quite manageable.

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As you can see from the pictures, these trails are very rideable and only 1-2 areas with steeper gradient. This park has a lot of ponds. Some are quite big and some are small.

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One of those paved roads with steeper gradient.

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1 last note to add here is, there is a place for you to wash off the mud before you are heading home.

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